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Old 09-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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In the process of swapping over to HPS system and Im teatering on the verge of either selling my 400 Metal Halide light now or converting it to HPS. I tried a conversion bulb but it kept cutting out.

Whats my light worth? Cant remember how much I have in it but I have the ballast remote mounted and an aluminum bracket. Itll take $100 to buy a ballast.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:48 AM   #2
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I run Mh but want hps. I tried the conversion bulb but kept cutting out due to fact that they can't run off generators which I found out after talking to a guy who runs a hydroponic shop. You have to have a generator ready digital ballast. You can get a new hps ballast for around $50-$60 online. Just look at the hydropnic grow sites and you can find good prices on them. Also e-bay has a bunch of them.
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Thanks, I thought I had a defective bulb or something.

What are these "caps" for that I've been reading about? I know that these lights have capacitors in them but these are aftermarket I take it?

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Some of your cheaper lights don't have caps. You really need them for start up if you running several light. They help to stop generator overload during start up.
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